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SBJ/20100201/What I Like
Lawrence Taylor, NFL Hall of Famer
Published February 1, 2010
What I like …
An insight: I take life a lot slower at 50 than I did at 30 and I’m a better person for it.
An influential person in my career: My high school coach, Melvin Jones, and the late Giants owner Wellington Mara.
An out-of-the-box idea: Golf balls with GPS and a floater.
A timeless idea: A range finder on the golf course.
A business deal: My relationship with Nutrisystem has changed my life.
A sports facility: I haven’t been inside yet, but I’ve seen the outside of the New Meadowlands Stadium (it will always be Giants Stadium) and it looks amazing. Move over, Dallas.
A sports event: Nothing bigger than the Super Bowl.
A strategy: The one our coaches implemented against the Bills in Super Bowl XXV.
A hire: The Giants hiring George Young in 1979 to be GM.
A brand: Just For Men hair coloring.
A trend: People more conscious about health and living smarter.
An innovation: Sports medicine. The ability for athletes to recover from injury now is amazing.
A pro league or team business initiative: The USFL. Donald Trump almost had me before they folded up the tents.
A story that bears watching: President Obama’s health care plan.
An idea or invention I wish I had thought of: Protective material to guard against concussions.
What I Like About …
My job: Freedom of not going to practice every day.
Sports: Camaraderie and competition.
Sports business: As a player, it’s simple … The better you perform, the more you get paid. I never had a problem with being paid on performance.
Sports media: Do I really need to answer? It’s easy for the guys with notepads to throw darts.
Sports technology: Takes the guessing out of the officials’ hands.
Competing: The adrenaline can never be matched, whether it is on the football field or even the golf course.
The future (or direction) of sports business: Owners always making a lot of money.
Sports fans: Blind loyalty. They support you through good and bad, and Giants fans do bleed Giant blue.
What I Would Like To …
Change: Speed limits.
Change in what I do: I’m actually content with my life.
See: All my kids and grandkids lead happy, healthy, successful lives.
See more of in sports: In football, let the quarterbacks get hit again.
See less of in sports: Divas.
See less of in sports business: Guys collecting money not based on performance.
Eliminate: My bills
What I Don’t Like …
In general: Loud people.
Pet peeve: Wearing shoes. I only wear sandals.
In sports: Officials affecting the outcome of games.
In business: Losing money.
About sports fans: Being rude and uninformed.
What I Like …
People: I love kids; it’s adults I worry about.
That would surprise those who know me: That I’m a very good driver.
Above all else: Watching “Family Guy.”
About myself: I’ve come a long way and have overcome some tremendous obstacles.
Heroes: My dad, Bill Parcells, Captain Picard.
Players: Harry Carson, George Martin and all my teammates throughout the years.
Teams: 1986 and 1990 Giants.
City: New York, no doubt.
Possession: My Super Bowl rings and my golf clubs.
Memento: My MVP trophy from ’86.
Music: Old-time hip-hop and R&B.
Books: “The Da Vinci Code.” I also love comic books.
Author: Dan Brown.
Magazines: GQ, Golf Digest.
Hobbies: Golf, people watching.
Movies: “Untouchables,” “Gladiator,” “2012.”
TV: “Family Guy,” “Star Trek.”
Concerts: Earth, Wind & Fire.
Cars: Escalade, especially one without dents.
Quote: “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.” — Vince Lombardi.
Miscellaneous: I am very happy with my life and a little surprised I made it to 50.